Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace got into a beef at Sunday’s ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that included middle fingers, spinouts and a postrace sports-drink shower.
After the race, Bowman was receiving medical attention — temperatures in the Charlotte, N.C., area were in the 90s — when Wallace approached and aided the efforts to cool and hydrate Bowman.
Bowman said he was sick and dehydrated all week, but Wallace wasn’t buying it.
“Smooth move of playing the sick card so I couldn’t bust him in his mouth,” Wallace told NASCAR.com.
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The drama began in Stage 2, when Bowman intentionally spun out Wallace in a chicane. Bowman told his team that Wallace had repeatedly flipped him off, and talking to reporters after the race, Bowman said that dated to last week’s race at Richmond.
“I got flipped off every single straightaway on the entire racetrack for three laps. I got flipped off for, like, three or four laps in a row at Richmond, so I’m just over it,” Bowman told reporters. “[He] probably wouldn’t have got wrecked if he had his finger back in the car.”
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Wallace said his beef is with Bowman’s racing style.
“He don’t like to race. He just runs over everybody,” Wallace said. “He had a fast car and he just [ran] over us. Shoot us through the chicane and then we get a penalty for it. Every time he gets to me, he just runs over me.”
Bowman finished the race in second place, narrowly making the cut as the playoff field was trimmed from 16 to 12. Wallace finished 24th.
As for what exactly Wallace’s message was to Bowman just before the Gatorade toss, it seems we’ll never know.
“I probably shouldn’t repeat what he said to me,” Bowman said. “Nothing classy by any means.”